Guest Columns
  • Greatness worth guarding

    April 8 2019 by David Hankins | with 0 comments

    I recently met with a group of our Louisiana associational mission strategists (formerly called directors of missions). As I stood before these friends and partners in ministry, knowing it would be the last time I addressed them as a group in my...

  • 50 floors above Johannesburg

    April 5 2019 by Paul Chitwood | with 0 comments

    Standing on the observation deck of the tallest building in Africa and looking out across the sprawling city below, I was powerfully reminded of the eternal importance of the cooperative mission work of Southern Baptists.   ...

  • When yet another Southern Baptist leader resigned because of sexual misconduct, a Christian colleague of mine was sincerely baffled. “What’s going on?” he wondered. “Why are so many Christian leaders involved in sexual...

  • Pondering our snapshots

    April 3 2019 by David Gray | with 0 comments

    A snapshot is a moment frozen in time. It can capture reflections of joy or pain, happiness or sorrow. A photograph can enflame passion or evoke horror.   Yet a snapshot can mislead, drawing the viewer into...

  • Raising awareness about the opioid epidemic

    April 2 2019 by Bob Jordan | with 0 comments

    The Christian Life & Public Affairs (CLPA) Special Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is focusing on the opioid epidemic this year.   I was shocked to discover that the greatest rise in death in recent years is...

  • A lot can be lost in a single generation. The writers of scripture often warned the leaders of Israel that unless they rehearsed the works of God to their children and grandchildren, a generation would arise that “knew not the Lord or his...

  • Crucify self?

    March 29 2019 by Sarah Dixon Young | with 0 comments

    When we moved from Florida to North Dakota, I was surprised at the number of official documents we needed to change.   Driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and insurance, health insurance, mailing address for all our bills...

  • Looking for heaven on earth

    March 28 2019 by Lynn Pryor | with 0 comments

    I am all for improving society and culture, but what should that look like?   My Democratic friends tell me one thing. My Republican friends tell me another.   Some of my evangelical friends tell me one...

  • Are you an enemy of the cross of Christ?

    March 27 2019 by Kelvin J. Cochran | with 0 comments

    “For I have told you often before, and now I say it again with tears in my eyes, there are many who walk along the Christian road who are really enemies of the cross of Christ,” the apostle Paul lamented.   ...

  • Try a little boredom

    March 21 2019 by Gary Ledbetter | with 0 comments

    Aren’t we restless people? It seems our restlessness has expanded with our ability to hold endless long-distance conversations – or to be distracted within a few feet from one another.   That’s...

  • 3 reasons why young people leave the church

    March 19 2019 by Jason Allen | with 0 comments

    Why young adults leave the church is one of the most vexing questions facing the church today. A 2007 LifeWay Christian Resources survey indicated that 70 percent of 18-22 year-olds stop attending church for at least one year. Furthermore, Barna...

  • Your imperfect local church

    March 18 2019 by Doug Munton | with 0 comments

    Perhaps you have noticed that your local church isn’t perfect. If you haven’t, many people will be happy to point that out to you.   The lost world, disgruntled former members and even some in contemporary Christian culture...

  • Old & new

    March 13 2019 by Nate Adams | with 0 comments

    This past year, my sons convinced my wife that I needed a new watch. Frankly, that idea hadn’t occurred to me, because I already have a nice watch, one that has worked well for more than 20 years. It’s also meaningful to me because it...

  • A chance to live

    March 12 2019 by Clara Molina | with 0 comments

    As I walked into the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteered for the first time, I could feel the presence of God guiding me to serve there.   The psalmist’s declaration in God’s Word was on my mind and still is today...

  • Adversity, suffering & Christ’s healing

    March 11 2019 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    On Aug. 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas. The wind and rain left behind devastating flooding that forced thousands to feel from their homes. But even after the water receded, the psychological impact on the...

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